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She"s had a wonderful 35th birthday, with lots of presents and donations from supporters like  you.


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How can Koko thank everyone?

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Here"s looking at you, Koko

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Koko received lots of nice birthday cards and presents this year (July 4th) and is still processing them. While she can only read a few written words (it"s never been a designated goal of Project Koko), she loves to look at the cards anyway, especially the pictures. And caregivers will often either read or "sign" to Koko the text of some of the letters she receives.

And no, we are not thinking of teaching Koko to email, but perhaps she"d enjoy an iconic website that would let her navigate to her favorite photos, videos or videoconferences. (See apenet.org for a description of one prospective project like this.)

Note that Koko is wearing a red frizbee on her arm as a "bracelet."

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Koko "Reads" Her Birthday Mail

Koko received lots of nice birthday cards and presents this year (July 4th) and is still processing them. While she can only read a few written words (it"s never been a designated goal of Project Koko), she loves to look at the cards anyway, especially the pictures. And caregivers will often either read or Read more

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Koko and Ndume finally got to go outside together after the rain subsided, and got busy instantly foraging for food treats (mostly greens and vegetables) suspended from various parts of the outdoor enclosure. They were somewhat competitive about it: shown above is Ndume hurrying to get the treats near Koko"s shelf. Read more

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Koko is not giving up on the prospect of having a baby and we are doing everything in our power to help make it happen (eg, larger environment, female gorilla companions, more privacy with Ndume, strategic alliances, and super-caring and insightful staff). In the meantime, Koko contents herself with lots of baby Read more

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